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Tips on image privacy

Did you know that by the time a child is five years old, there will almost be 1000 photos of them online. Who can access these photos and how can you ensure these photos are kept within a select group of viewers?

Here are some tips to consider when posting photos:

1) Turn off your location services – these are usually defaulted to ‘on’ on your smartphone, or some social media services ask for permission. Ensure in your settings these are switched to ‘off’ or select ‘no’ when asked. Location services are sometimes called geo-tags.

2) Check your privacy settings – ensure that you selected ‘friends only’ on Facebook, or you can even select a smaller group of viewers by choosing ‘custom’ and selecting just close friends and family

3) Watermark your photos and reduce resolution – you can easily watermark photos for increased security with simple apps for a smart phone. By reducing the resolution, you can ensure the photos will be harder to reproduce if they do slip into the wrong hands.

4) Ask permission – if you are posting photos of other people’s children, ensure you have asked permission from the parents of all the children

 

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What are Twitter trends?

Have you ever wondered what the ‘trends’ column on the left of your Twitter homepage is? How the trends are selected and what they are used for?

Trends on Twitter are hashtag driven topics that become popular instantly. A hashtag is a word or phrase that is preceded by a ‘#’ which refers to a current topic, usually in the news; for example recently a good hashtag was #election2015 or #RoyalBaby. By using a hashtag, it places your post into a group which then counts, in a complex algorithm towards what makes a trend.

When something is trending, it can relate to a specific country i.e. trending in the UK, or even more specific location, depending on your settings. The hashtags that are trending the highest mean that more people are talking about that subject than any other in your region at that period of time. Hashtags have become a powerful tool for people on Twitter and although it is pretty difficult to have a trending hashtag, you can always join in with others, or use your own hashtag for fun!

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk If you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.